France star Paul Pogba has been described as a “waste of money” by former World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit after the player’s valuation soared to £100 million.
Juventus midfielder Pogba, who was a losing finalist with les Bleus at Euro 2016, has been the subject of interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid – though the Champions League winners looked to have accepted defeat in the race for the Frenchman.
It has left United in pole position to sign the 23-year-old for a world-record fee of £100m, making him United’s fourth summer signing should the deal go through but former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Petit isn’t convinced Pogba is worth the fee.
“They say £100m… it is a waste of money for me,” he told Yahoo Sport.
“Pogba has a great future, but this move is too early for him.
“I don’t like the situation around him all the time. We are making him out to be a big star, but he is not a big star to me.
“He hasn’t reached the level of the Champions League yet or the level with the national team. I am pretty sure he can do it, but this is too early for him.”
There was a lot of hype surrounding Pogba at the Euros but ultimately he failed to meet the expectations of Petit. The Frenchman believes Real Madrid pulling out of a deal to land the midfielder is a key indicator of his ability.
“People talk about him all the time in the press, but I haven’t seen it yet. For the moment, I am not really convinced,” he continued.
“If Real Madrid wanted this player, they would put the money on the table, but they don’t want to fight with Man United for Pogba. There is a reason for that.”